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Retro Thing Clear Classic USB Joystick

Posted in gaming accessories by Conner Flynn on January 31st, 2010

The folks over at Retro Thing, well, they love retro things as much as we do, so they’ve released their own version of the classic Atari 2600 joystick. This version is made from clear plastic and when you plug it in it lights up with a blue LED glow.

The Clear Classic USB Joystick package includes the Stella Atari 2600 emulator and over 80 games. Classics like Pacman 4K, Seawolf, Atari 2600 Soccer, Ladybug, and Invaders Plus. The joystick is compatible with almost any emulator that runs Atari, Amiga and Commodore software and even supports MAME and modern games that use a standard USB joystick.

Atari 2600 console mod with built in screen

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on August 13th, 2009

Atari 2600 console mod with built in screenSure we’ve seen all kinds of mods where they toss the Atari 2600’s case and hack them into a proper portable, but what if you want to keep the aesthetics of the console intact? You put a 5″ LCD screen and the joystick controls right on the console itself of course.

This one goes by the “Stella-Tubby v1.0″ moniker. And it can actually be yours since it’s on Ebay. It even runs on a pair 9V batteries so it is portable. Kind of. Think of it as an Atari tablet.

Atari 2600 iPod dock

Posted in DIY by Conner Flynn on June 16th, 2009

Atari 2600 iPod dockPut together two iconic classics and you can never go wrong. In this case it’s the iPod and the Atari 2600. The homemade dock puts the iPod connector where the cartridge used to go,(you’re probably using your cartridges as wallets anyway).

How could this be better? With the iPhone of course. With an LCD in the middle so you could play iPhone games properly with controllers. When iPod and Atari 2600’s meet, it’s like geek destiny. It’s a love that will endure forever.

Exploded Atari 2600 T-shirt is awesome

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on March 30th, 2009

Exploded Atari 2600 T-shirt is awesomeThis Exploded Atari 2600 shirt is all kinds of awesome. It illustrates disassembly perfectly for any geek who thinks that the Atari 2600 is somehow full of tons of parts and hard to take apart.

We recommend wearing it while doing such mods as the Atari-Hero, or the Multari. You can’t have too many geek shirts after all. Even when you run out of drawer and closet space. That’s what your floor is for, right? It will only cost you $17.

Atari Hero: Play Atari 2600 like a rock god

Posted in Games by Conner Flynn on September 28th, 2008

Atari Hero: Play Atari like a rock godThis is not my first console mod, but I think it’s the neatest. As far as I know it hasn’t been done before. I wanted to be able play Atari 2600 games like you play Guitar Hero… With a guitar. With this mod, you just pop in your favorite 2600 cartridge, and play the game on your guitar. The screen is right in front facing you as you hold it. Instead of strumming, just use the small joystick on the upper right, or for games like Breakout use the paddle controller below the screen. The fire button is the top button on the neck of the guitar, so yes, you really hold it in guitar fashion as you play.

I had originally intended to make an NES-Hero, taking advantage of all the guitar buttons, but didn’t have a spare laying around. Which was just fine with me because this Atari-Hero turned out just awesome. It took me about 2 months more or less, simply because it was hard to find the time with my duties here at the ‘Brick, but it’s finally finished. I incorporated actual pieces of the Atari console itself, like the faux woodgrain front panel with logo and the grill from the top of the console, even the cartridge slot itself. The circuit boards all had to be fabricated and custom shaped, then put in place. The Atari console combined with the circuit boards makes for a stunning look in person. (Sorry about the crappy pics. It’s so shiny it’s hard to get a good shot) More pics below.

Atari 2600: A video game odyssey

Posted in Apparel by Conner Flynn on July 3rd, 2008

Atari 2600: A video game odyssey
I think there are two things in this universe that you can safely say that geeks love. Atari 2600 and Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Being a geek myself who loves both, this is exactly how I would have made the movie.

With a large Atari joystick as the monolith. This T-shirt is the work of Akron, Ohio illustrator psychoreindeer. Let’s face it, if an ancient civilization is going to search for intelligent life, it’s going to test you on your Atari skills.

The Multari: Atari 2600 in an elegant handheld

Posted in Handheld Entertainmnet by Conner Flynn on April 10th, 2008

The Multari: Atari 2600 in an elegant handheld
The Atari 2600 brings back a lot of memories for some of us. And making a portable Atari can be fun, but this modder has really outdone himself with this model, giving the project some amazing style.

The Multari is a portable Atari 2600 with 32 games built right in. The chassis itself was made from vacuum-formed styrene plastic, with the usual colorful buttons and D-pad, there’s also a 5-inch display and a set of speakers. In fact, this is one of the nicest portable Ataris I’ve seen yet. Check out the video below.